As the province struggles to combat the influx of deadly fentanyl in the drug scene, the Health Minister says he’s aware some drug users are trying to avoid overdose by mixing their drugs with naloxone.
Terry Lake says they’re not sure how widespread the practice is.
“It’s a phenomenon that is likely occurring. That drug users are mixing drugs together in the hope of getting some of the high and yet not overdosing.”
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Lake says he’s concerned this is providing people a false sense of security and adds that unfortunately, mixing drugs is not something that’s new.
“It happened with cocaine and heroin 20 years ago. People would try to sort of gain the effects of either drug and get the best of both worlds if you like. But it’s a dangerous game and I think that’s what we need to emphasize.”
He’s concerned the mix provides people a false sense of security but says they can’t prevent people from doing it so will continue educating them and offering help to those who want it.